Lib Dems challenge MPs to oppose PM’s plan to break international law.

The Liberal Democrats are challenging MPs up and down the UK to oppose PM’s plan to break international law.The move comes after MPs backed the UK Internal Market Bill at the first hurdle. The new law would give the Government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU, breaking international law.The … Continue reading Lib Dems challenge MPs to oppose PM’s plan to break international law.

Staggering job losses show need to extend furlough

Responding to ONS figures showing that the economy shed 695,000 jobs between March and August this year, Liberal Democrat Economy Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“These staggering job losses are yet more evidence of why the Chancellor should be extending the furlough scheme, which has so far protected 10 million jobs, until the middle of next year. “People … Continue reading Staggering job losses show need to extend furlough

Bill introduced to restore scrutiny of international aid

The Liberal Democrats have secured cross-party support for a Bill being introduced today [16/09/2020] which would create a new select committee to scrutinise Overseas Development Assistance expenditure by the Government.  Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain, who is bringing in the Bill, has stressed the need to ensure “that where UK aid is delivered, it delivers”. The move, … Continue reading Bill introduced to restore scrutiny of international aid

With UK reputation on the line, the fight is far from over

Responding to votes on the Internal Market Bill, last night in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney said:"With our reputation around the world on the line, the fight is far from over."The excuses we have heard for breaking international law from the mouth of the Prime Minister show the depths to … Continue reading With UK reputation on the line, the fight is far from over

Daisy Cooper MP elected as Lib Dem Deputy Leader

New Lib Dem Deputy Leader commits to building "winning campaign machine" St Albans MP Daisy Cooper has been elected unanimously as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and has committed to building a "winning campaign machine".Before winning St Albans for the Liberal Democrats in the 2019 election, Daisy worked for the cross-party movement More United … Continue reading Daisy Cooper MP elected as Lib Dem Deputy Leader

Rule of law appears optional for Boris Johnson

Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse Responding to the Lord Chancellor's comments on The Andrew Marr Show today that he would resign “If I see the rule of law being broken in a way that I find unacceptable", Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:"As Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland swore an oath to respect the rule … Continue reading Rule of law appears optional for Boris Johnson

Ed Davey is elected leader of the Liberal Democrats

This is the BBC NEWS report on the election of Ed Davey as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Photo, AFP. Sir Ed Davey has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats, beating fellow MP Layla Moran to the top job. Read the full BBC News report, here. He has served as energy and climate change … Continue reading Ed Davey is elected leader of the Liberal Democrats

Encouraging innovation and technical talent – my European swansong

Read the full article on Lib Dem Voice, here: https://www.libdemvoice.org/my-european-swan-song-encouraging-innovation-and-technological-talent-64801.html Today, my work in Europe is nearly complete. The European Parliament committee gave its final vote in favour of an “opinion” for which I was responsible before the UK’s MEPs’ untimely exit from Brussels. I was working with advisers assessing amendments from all parties until … Continue reading Encouraging innovation and technical talent – my European swansong

Exceptional coronavirus support measures of benefit to EU regions

Just published: You may be interested to see the latest Background Briefing from the European Parliamentary Research Service, regarding support for and the situation in member states (excluding UK). Published 20th May 2020. Be warned, this is proper background, not sexy political communications. "The measures introduced have the scope to provide local and regional authorities … Continue reading Exceptional coronavirus support measures of benefit to EU regions